Ball of Fire

Ball of Fire

DVD - 2000
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When a serious-minded professor and his high brow colleagues begin work on a new encyclopedia, the professor enlists the aid of a beautiful but shady night club queen to explain slang, unaware that she is on the run from the mob.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2000
Branch Call Number: BAL
DVD BAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,1/2 in

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jan 22, 2017

After patiently sitting through 1941's "Ball Of Fire" - I found that I could not believe that the likes of that total zero-charisma actor, Gary Cooper, was actually considered to be one of that era's top, male, Hollywood stars.

In my opinion - This drab, stuffy doofus (with his unconvincing performance) almost single-handedly brought this potentially promising (but decidedly contrived) Rom/Com (that involved a gangster's ho with a heart of gold) down a few, good notches by his dreary presence.

In fact - Upon watching "Ball Of Fire" - I've now made up my mind to avoid ever viewing another picture with the likes of this totally irksome lunkhead, Cooper, in it, ever-ever again.... Hey! I ain't kidding here.

Put plain and simple - Gary Cooper was utterly awful. He had absolutely no appealing screen-presence, whatsoever - (Unless, of course, you happen to like watching a clueless jughead who barely appears to be able to remember his lines)..... I'll bet you that this pathetic-excuse-for-a-leading-man actually required cue-cards in order to get himself through his roles.... (Sheesh!)

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swyckl
Aug 26, 2016

A singer, part of the mob, must hide from the police. She is street smart but not educated. She chooses a group of smart hermits as her hideaway. The hermits are educated, but not street smart. Her and the head hermit quietly fall in love. It is portrayed as a comedy. It is a little slow moving. You may enjoy it. It is not overly sexual or violent. Good for all ages.

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KarenW
Feb 01, 2011

A spoof on Snow White, the beauty is a burlesque queen who needs to find a safe house to get the heat off. And what could be safer than a group of stodgy professors? Except one of them isn't as stuck in the mud as he thinks when he experiences "yum-yum" with the alluring Barbara Stanwyck. Lots of snappy dialogue and tons of quirky situations that include a performance by Dana Andrews who play a hoodlum! There is a lot more going on here than some would have you believe.

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